Inexpensive, Alternative Family Getaway Ideas
By: Good2GoPublished: January 11, 2017
Now that the holidays are over, it’s a good time to start researching some fun, affordable activities for you and your family. A new year means new adventures, but you don’t have to break the bank with expensive, lavish vacations. Alternative vacation ideas can be equally as exciting or relaxing as a vacation at a five star, all-inclusive resort. And the best part is that they probably won’t be as crowded.
Rent a home
Websites like Airbnb and VRBO are great sources for finding vacation rental homes online where you can get away for the weekend, a week, or even a month. Renting a house can be much more affordable than a hotel room. Nearly every house has a kitchen— which means you don’t have to eat at a restaurant every day—saving you money for the fun things you want to do while away. To save even more money, many families will rent a vacation home together.
Visit a state park
With a state park in every state, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that’s close to home, or at least within driving distance. While you’re there, you can spend quality time without cell phones, email, or social media. Enjoy all the free activities offered by nature—including a chance to connect with your loved ones.
Plan a trip to a museum
Or several, if you can. No matter where you live, your town is probably rich with history. Check out your local chamber of commerce’s website, which will have some ideas of nearby places you can learn about the town’s history. Visit a local art gallery or museum where you can learn about some local talent. There are also probably opportunities to attend a live performance at a local theatre.
Spend some time in the woods and escape your hectic life for a few days. If you’re not afraid to really rough it, fill your backpack with a tent and some essentials and set out on a hike. If you’re not into something that rural, there are designated campgrounds where you can pay to rent a cabin or pitch your tent.
Hit the Road
Sometimes you don’t need a destination to head out on a road trip. Pack up some snacks, a few friends, a great playlist, and set out on an adventure. Visit different cities along your route, stop at a restaurant that isn’t a chain, and try to find a few landmarks. If you plan a multi-night road trip, make sure to save room in your budget for a hotel so you can stop and rest after driving awhile.
Vacations don’t have to be expensive. These alternative ideas are an affordable way to vacation. Before you head out on your adventure, make sure you have the car insurance you need. Good2Go Auto